Certificate Program in Contemporary Curatorial and Museum Studies

The Yona Fischer Program for Contemporary Curatorial and Museum Studies is unique in that it is the only one in Israel combining curatorial practices and critical theoretical thinking with a broad knowledge of Israeli art history. The program provides students an in depth introduction to traditional museological topics, as well as to developments that have lead to the establishment of contemporary curatorial studies as an independent academic discipline.

Israel’s leading art historians and scholars are among the program’s faculty members. During the program, tours and meetings will be held with local and international professionals in the art and design fields: curators, artists, gallery owners, asset managers, and museum directors.

The program was established in 2016, in collaboration with the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and with the guidance of curator Yona Fischer. The program was reviewed by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, was found to meet all the requirements for recognition, and is expected to receive official recognition by the end of the academic year 2017-18.

The Program Includes:

  1. Three semesters of academic classes (280 academic hours) that take place once a week in the afternoon and every other Friday. Classes are arranged into four divisions: Contemporary Curatorial Studies, Museology, Reading and Writing, and Israeli Art Studies.

Academic studies include: an introduction to contemporary curatorial studies; the history of museums and museological approaches in Israel; an introduction to The Museum Law; museums and ethical issues, registration, museum education, planning and program development, budget development, and more. Additional courses pertain to Israeli art history, postmodernism, Israeli photography, art and Judaism, and more. The program includes two writing workshops dedicated to art criticism, and to curatorial research writing.

  1. An internship (84 hours) at one of the recognized museums or exhibition spaces with an established curator. Internships are specifically tailored to each student.
  2. Guided tours to museums, galleries, exhibition spaces, collections, storage spaces, preservation labs, education departments, etc.

Admission Requirements:

  1. An academic degree from a recognized institution in Israel or abroad

Or previous experience at a museum, or in collection management

  1. A personal interview

Program Requirements:

  1. Mandatory participation in classes, seminars, workshops and guided tours
  2. Submission of final project

Faculty includes:  Yael Van Essen Eylat, PhD; Maayan Amir, PhD; Michal Heiman; Martin Weyl, PhD; Aya Lurie, PhD; Mira Lapidot; Iris Lael; Ronit Milano, PhD; Joshua Simon, PhD; Yehudit Kol-Inbar; and Tali Tamir.

Program Director: Idit Amihai, Director of Institute for Israeli Art

Academic Consultant and Advisor: Osnat Zukerman-Rechter, PhD